Holidays always pose a battle for me between eating all the delicious treats and staying true to my “healthy living” goal. I have been looking all over for healthy Fourth of July dessert recipes for a long time, and I finally decided to take my favorite dessert recipe (strawberry cheesecake) and tweak it for a light, Fourth of July themed dessert.
Instead of traditional recipes using all cream cheese and powdered sugar, I made a few healthy substitutions with Greek yogurt and honey for a lighter version! I’m all for using whatever ingredients I have on hand and as little ingredients as possible, so I tried to make this a quick dessert recipe for busy families. I’ve also included a simple vegan version of this recipe. Voila, here is an easy dessert recipe for the Fourth of July!
You will need:
- 1 lb strawberries
- 1/2 Cup Light Cream Cheese (Room Temperature)
- 1/2 Cup Non-Fat Vanilla Greek Yogurt
- 3 Tbsp Honey (or more to taste)
- A handful of blueberries (1 pint)
- (If you’re vegan, substitute equal parts cashew butter for cream cheese and
*makes 16 strawberries
*total time: 15 minutes
First, wash the strawberries and blueberries and let dry! As they’re drying, whip up the light cream cheese, Greek yogurt, and honey in a mixer or blender until smooth.
If you have a piping bag, go ahead and put your mixture there. If not, just dump it in a ziplock bag, close it, and snip a small corner off for a homemade piping bag. Then, it’s time to cut and core your strawberries. First, make a small snip off the bottom of your strawberries so they will stand up. I usually feed the pieces of strawberries to my boyfriend, but if you have little ones helping out, this is a great snack.
Now I usually core with a plastic straw (just take off the stem and leaves and poke a straw through!) but because I love the light cream cheese, I will core with a paring knife to allow more of the cream cheese….
Pipe in the cream cheese filling into the strawberries…
…and add some blueberries to the top! Feel free to dress yours up in anyway—I had some white chocolate chips laying around so I melted those and drew on some patterns. You can also sprinkle some graham cracker crumbs or dip the entire strawberry in chocolate, although I would recommend that step before coring and cutting your strawberries.
Now you have an easy-to-make Fourth of July dessert recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth. I love healthy dessert recipes, so if you have any, please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Oh, and why not explore some cooking camps too?